Sunday, April 24, 2011

Red Sox Back Dice-K's Gem, Take Command Of Series (9-11)

Last night, the Red Sox beat the Angels 5-0 in a game that was all Red Sox, all game long. The scoring started in the top of the 2nd inning, when with 1 out, Jed Lowrie doubled to right field. Soon after, J.D. Drew struck out, putting him out there with 2 outs, and Carl Crawford coming up to bat. Crawford promptly bounced a ground ball off of Erick Aybar's glove for an RBI single, 1-0 Red Sox. In the top of the third, the Red Sox kept scoring. After a single and stolen base by Jacoby Ellsbury to lead off the inning, Dustin Pedroia flew out. However, Adrian Gonzalez then ripped an RBI single through the hole, 2-0 Red Sox. In the top of the 5th, after a Jacoby Ellsbury single and steal (again) to lead off the inning, Pedroia and Gonzalez flew out to put a runner on second with 2 outs. Kevin Youkilis then cleared the bases, crushing a home run to right field, 4-0 Red Sox. In the top of the 6th, after a 2-out double by Carl Crawford, Jason Varitek ripped a double to right field to set the score at where it finished, 5-0 Red Sox.
Daisuke Matsuzaka was great last night, tossing 8 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit, and striking out 9 batters. He earned the win, and is now 2-2/4.09/16 this season, as after 2 rough starts, he has really come alive. Jacoby Ellsbury did just what he's supposed to do leading off the lineup, going 2-5 with 2 stolen bases (5 on the year), as he is now .206/4/12. Adrian Gonzalez only went 1-5, but he did have that RBI single, as he is now .263/1/10. Kevin Youkilis went 1-4 with a big 2-run homer that changed it from a close game, to not, he is now .217/4/10. Jed Lowrie went 2-4 with a double and a run scored, as he is now .431/3/12. Carl Crawford had a rare good game, going 2-4 with an RBI, he is now .154/0/4. Jason Varitek only went 1-4 but his hit was great! Today at 3:35 EST, John Lackey (1-2/9.82/8) will face his old team and Matt Palmer (1-0/4.22/5).

Bright Spots:
Daisuke Matsuzaka- 1 hit and no runs in 8 innings!
Daniel Bard- a scoreless inning of relief
Jacoby Ellsbury- 2-5 with 2 steals and 2 runs
Kevin Youkilis- 1-4 with a 2-run homer
Jed Lowrie- 2-4 with a double and a run
Carl Crawford- 2-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run
Jason Varitek- 1-4 with a rip of a double\

Dull Spots:
Dustin Pedroia- 0-4

Only one dull spot! The Red Sox will go for a 4-game sweep of the Angels today.

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